12 days in Japan Itinerary

12 days in Japan Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sapporo
— 1 night
2
Hakodate
— 2 nights
3
Aizuwakamatsu
— 1 night
4
Tokyo
— 3 nights
5
Takayama
— 1 night
6
Yokohama
— 1 night

1
night
Sapporo

Sapporo ©
A modern, bustling city known for its beer brewery, Sapporo attracts millions of visitors with its Snow Festival, during which elaborate ice and snow sculptures are exhibited all over town.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sapporo Clock Tower, get into the urban bustle at Sapporo Underground Shopping Centre Aurora Town, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fushimi Inari Shrine, see the interesting displays at The Hokkaido University Museum, thenindulge your thirst for a good beer at Asahi Breweries Hokkaido Brewery, and finally get some fabulous bargains at Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sapporo road trip website.

Los Angeles, USA to Sapporo is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Sapporo is 17 hours. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Los Angeles in March; daily highs in Sapporo reach °F and lows reach °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hakodate.

Things to do in Sapporo

Historic Sites Shopping Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima
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Fushimi Inari Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari Shrine
The Hokkaido University Museum ©
The Hokkaido University Museum
Mitsui Outlet Park, Sapporo Kitahiroshima ©

2
nights
Hakodate

Hakodate ©
A gateway to the island, Hakodate has gained a reputation for its waterfront attractions, its proximity to some of the island's most popular natural sites, and its seafood.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): hunt for treasures at Hakodate Morning Market, look for gifts at Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse, visit Motomachi, thencontemplate the long history of Iai Kindergarten, thentake in the awesome beauty at Mount Hakodate, and finally try your luck at Hakodate Horse Racetrack.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hakodate itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Sapporo to Hakodate in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. When traveling from Sapporo in March, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Hakodate: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. On the 30th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Aizuwakamatsu.

Things to do in Hakodate

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Trappist Monasteries
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Motomachi ©
Motomachi
Trappist Monasteries ©
Trappist Monasteries
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse ©
Kanemori Red Brick Warehouse

1
night
Aizuwakamatsu

Aizuwakamatsu ©
Rich in culture and history, Aizuwakamatsu has retained much of its traditional character from its days as a feudal capital.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Tsuruga jo Castle, steep yourself in history at Kaihi Clinic Trail, view the masterpieces at Suzuzen, thendon't miss a visit to Sazaedo, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Itsukushima Shrine, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Iimoriyama.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Aizuwakamatsu trip itinerary planning tool.

You can do a combination of train, bus, and flight from Hakodate to Aizuwakamatsu in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or fly. When traveling from Hakodate in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Aizuwakamatsu, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Tokyo.

Things to do in Aizuwakamatsu

Historic Sites Classes Museums
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Iimoriyama ©
Iimoriyama
Tsuruga jo Castle ©
Tsuruga jo Castle
Sazaedo ©
Sazaedo

3
nights
Tokyo

Tokyo ©
Tokyo holds the status of most populous metropolitan area in the world--a fact you'll find tangible as you walk the bustling streets and explore its diverse neighborhoods and cultures.
Head to Shimokitazawa and Japan Swordfor some retail therapy. Do some cultural sightseeing at Senso-ji Temple and Ueno District. Explore Tokyo's surroundings by going to Jindai-ji Temple (in Chofu) and Kichijoji (in Musashino). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Asakusa Shrine, don't miss a visit to Nezu Shrine, walk around Kinuta Park, and steep yourself in history at Hozomon.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tokyo trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Aizuwakamatsu to Tokyo in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Aizuwakamatsu in March; daily highs in Tokyo reach °F and lows reach °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Takayama.

Things to do in Tokyo

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Jindai-ji Temple, Kichijoji
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Senso-ji Temple ©
Senso-ji Temple
Nezu Shrine ©
Nezu Shrine
Asakusa Shrine ©
Asakusa Shrine

1
night
Takayama

Takayama ©
Hidden high up in the Japanese Alps, Takayama remained largely cut off from the rest of Japan for centuries, allowing the local culture to grow in relative isolation.
On the 4th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Lion Dance Ceremony Exhibition Hall (Shishi-Kaikan), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine, admire the landmark architecture of Takayama Jinya, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Funasaka Shuzo Brewery, thenstop by Sanmachi Suji, and finally see the interesting displays at Takayama Showa Museum. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Hida-Takayama Miyagawa Morning Market, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then see the interesting displays at Hikaru Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Takayama trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Tokyo to Takayama takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. In April in Takayama, expect temperatures between °F during the day and °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Yokohama.

Things to do in Takayama

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
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Hikaru Museum ©
Hikaru Museum
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine ©
Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine
Takayama Showa Museum ©
Takayama Showa Museum

1
night
Yokohama

Yokohama ©
Once a small fishing town, Yokohama was one of the first ports to welcome foreign trade in the 19th century, after which it grew into Japan's second largest city and a bustling metropolis.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): wander the streets of Yokohama Minato Mirai 21, thenbrowse the different shops at Yokohama World Porters, thenexamine the collection at Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama, and finally take a stroll through Yokohama Chinatown.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yokohama route site.

You can drive from Takayama to Yokohama in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and subway; or fly. April in Yokohama sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Yokohama

Shopping Neighborhoods Museums
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Yokohama Minato Mirai 21 ©
Yokohama Minato Mirai 21
Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama ©
Japan Coast Guard Museum Yokohama
Yokohama Chinatown ©
Yokohama Chinatown

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